Patriotic Lantern

Red, White and Blue Lantern made to blow in the wind.

Have the kids make a Patriotic Lantern or a whole bunch of them to decorate for any patriotic celebration. We’ve provided both a black and white and a colored version for your selection. This Patriotic Lantern is an updated variation on an old favorite that never goes out of style as a kids craft.


The stripes on the American flag represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.

  • Printer
  • White Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • White Pipe Cleaner
  • Hole Punch
  • Optional: Crayons, Colored Pencils or Markers
  1. Print out the colored or black and white pattern for each child.
  2.  Carefully fold in the middle and have the kids cut along the black lines up to the band of stars.
  3.  Unfold the pattern and glue the top row of stars to form a circle. Repeat with the bottom row.
  4.  Punch two holes with a hole punch on each side of the lantern as shown and insert your pipe cleaner. Wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around itself to create a knot.
  5. Hang in your room, on the porch or in the trees to decorate for your festivities. The more the merrier.
Patterns, Templates and Printables

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